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Complaint Review: SCT Logistics CO.

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  • Submitted: Fri, June 07, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, June 07, 2013

  • Reported By: JaymeStarkey — El Paso Texas
SCT Logistics CO.
P.O. Box 8 Beaverton, Oregon USA

SCT Logistics CO. Sent letter and check to be activated for secret shopper part time job Beaverton Oregon

*Consumer Comment: SCAM...

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SCT Logistics Co. Sent me a check from Bank Of America for $1992.55 along with a letter stating that based on other surveys I had done online I matched their programs essentially. I had 3 other people verify that the check was real before I took it to the bank. Once I had cash in hand I went back to their website indicated on their letter to activate each assignment.

The first assignment was broken into 2 parts. Both were money transfers through Western Union as a test to ensure that their money in minutes program worked the way it was supposed to. I inititally thought it was odd that the person I was sending money to was in spain (where the letter was postmarked from), but I thought that maybe this was how they wanted to test it. The first half of the assignment was for $841.00 with a $62.00 fee to send the money. The name that I sent it to was Okula Starkey, which is odd because that is my last name, based in Madrid Spain.

The second half of the assignment was a $619.00 money in minutes transfer with a $50.00 fee to send the money. The name that I sent it to was also Okula Starkey based in Madrid Spain. I completed both assignments at different Western Unions, because I thought that the different places were something that they wanted so they could see what was going on at each location. Upon completing both halves of the assignments I scanned the receipts and emailed them to the email address that was included in the survey as well as in the letter ( there were 2 different email address that were given).

The second assignment that was given was to either shop at Wal-mart, Sears, Costco, Best Buy, or Home Depot. The amount that was stipulated to spend was $69.55. I went to Wal-mart because it was the closest and bought random things I needed around the house. As soon as I completed that I came home scanned the receipt and completed the survey.

Its been two days and I checked my account ( something I do every few days anyway), and discovered that their check that I was assured was real had bounced and spiraled my account into the negative. I am a stay at home mom and thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to make more money to help with the house and get the things i needed for my child. Any help I can get to rectify this situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/07/2013 10:51 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/SCT-Logistics-CO-/Beaverton-Oregon-97075/SCT-Logistics-CO-Sent-letter-and-check-to-be-activated-for-secret-shopper-part-time-jo-1057235. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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AUTHOR: Robert - ()

Sorry to tell you but you got scammed and really sorry to tell you but your troubles are just beginning.

You legally owe the money to the bank.  If you fail to pay the bank back, the bank can(and probably will) close your account.  Report you to ChexSystems for fraud(which is what you did..more on that in a minute).  Once that happens you will not be able to open another account at another regular bank for many years to come.  If you still fail to pay them back they will turn you over to a Collection Agency, and may eventually file suit against you.      In a worst case scenerio they may turn you over to the local District Attorney's Office and procecute you for Check Fraud.

So it is to your advantage to contact your bank ASAP..probably go in and talk to the manager.   Then see if the manager can help you out by putting you on some sort of repayment plan.   If you get lucky..there is even an outside(very outside) chance that the manger would waive some of the delinquence..but DON'T count on it.

Now as to what happened.  These scams have been going on for decades, and they rely on peoples greed.  Yes it was greed, unless you really thought you were going to "earn" about $400 for what in reality is no more than 30-60 minutes worth of work.   Unfortunatly you also totally ignored all of the warning signs.  This included the fact that you were dealing with someone in Spain.  But also the BIG factor that right on the Money Transfer forms you filled out Western Union specifically warns you about these type of scams.  They also rely on banking regulations that require funds to be made available before the check actually "clears".  In fact the check was probably was real..it was just stolen.    While you didn't mention it the next issue is that the company the check was probably not from the same address that you were dealing with.

You unfortunatly will never find these people.  The names are fake(as you probably have figured out since they used your last name).  If you talked to them on the phone they are using pre-paid cell phones paid for with stolen credit card numbers.  Give it about 30 days and the number will no longer be answered.   If they gave you a US address..it does not exist or it is to a business that has nothing to do with this scam.  Oh and the biggest part..they are not even in the US.

Now, as to why it could be fraud.  The simple fact is that when you present a check you repesent it as good.  This is also why you are responsible if it turns out to be bad.   But if the check comes back stolen/counterfeit, if it could be seen that it would be reasonable that you should know this they may have grounds to say you knew it was a fradulent check.

Again..sorry and hope it all works out.  But this is not something that is going to just go away.

 

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